Freistadt Heritage Foundation Fundraiser
This is an annual event that keeps the lights, heat, and air conditioning on and the grass mowed at our meeting area at the Lindenwood Community Center. Held at Circle B Recration Hall, this fun-filled evening includes a delicious catered meal, silent auction, raffle and entertainment by all of the groups that use our facility. This year, it will be held on Friday, April 13.
PVF Anniversary - April or May
The annual PVF Anniversary Dinner is held every April or May. Certificates and pins are awarded respectively to 10 and 25 year members in attendance. This year, we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary on Sunday, April 22 at the Bavarian Bier House in Glendale! Watch for details of special entertainment and activities!
Pommerntag - last Sunday of June
People come from all over the U.S and Germany to celebrate their heritage and enjoy the ethnic refreshments. This is a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment, food and displays. The event is held at Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Road, Mequon, WI. The festival has free admission and free parking. Entertainment includes Pommersche Tanzdeel and Alte Kameraden Band. Food includes Kirschsuppe (cherry soup), brats, hot dogs, Rollbraten, herring sandwiches, red cabbage, beer and ice cream. Pommern cultural exhibits, genealogy displays, as well as a book and gift store are offered. For more information, click on "Pommerntag" to the left or especially see "Pommerntag" on Facebook, even if you are not a member of Facebook!
GermanFest - Last full weekend of July
Enjoy delicious German food, continuous entertainment and cultural displays for three days in late July at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI. Since 1981, German Fest has been celebrating ALL THINGS GERMAN - food, travel, history, music, tradition and much more. PVF has one booth for genealogy and another booth for culture.
Erntedankfest - Second Saturday Afternoon of October
Erntedank in Pomerania was comparable to the United States' Thanksgiving with Ernte (meaning harvest) and Dank (meaning thanks). However, the Pomeranian Erntedank was usually held on the last Sunday in September at the end of the harvesting season. There were ceremonial rituals connected to the festival, such as, the making of the Alte - an old man made of straw, the decorating of their tools, the wearing of the Erntekrone (crown), and the wearing of their Trachten (native dress). The Pommerscher Verein Freistadt's Erntedank revives this great old custom of our ancestors annually in their honor. The PVF Erntedankfest includes a potluck dinner, good company, musical entertainment, a parade and decorated garden tools.
Holiday Folk Fair International - November
Music, folk dances and costumes from many parts of the world can be seen at the Folk Fair in Milwaukee. PVF also has a display booth.
Weihnachtsfest - Second Saturday Afternoon of December
This evening is a celebration of Pomeranian Christmas traditions.